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Aug 28, 2010 11:46 AM

Serious coffee place in Vancouver?

In Vancouver on vacation and looking for a place that is serious about coffee. Some place like Stumptown. Any recommendations?

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  1. Best coffee I've had in Vancouver is here:
    2152 4th Avenue West

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      1. Artisiano near the museum downtown on Robson & Hornby.

        1. Thanks for all the recommendations. I stopped by Kafka Coffee and it was delicious. I had the Mexican latte. Definitely worth adding to Peter v's list. I'll check out some of the other recommendations also.

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          1. re: UWSMom

            So glad to see a report on Kafka's. I noticed it while waiting for public transit and thought it looked worthy. I'm thinking a Mexican latte is on my list of things to try soon. What exactly is in it?

            1. re: grayelf

              It was a latte with condensed milk, not too sweet, nicely balanced. My husband had the espresso and said it was one of the best he's ever tasted, and he's obsessive about espresso. Nice space also.

              1. re: UWSMom

                Excellent, I was hoping you would say that. I have had Artigiano's version, which they call a Spanish latte, and found it good but I'm not such a fan of their coffee anymore. Will deffo hit Kafka's to try this coffee treat :-).

          2. Caffè Artigiano is one of the best places to get a latte/coffee and to be honest, better than Paris!
            We always went to the location next to the Fairmont hotel near Robson.


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            1. re: Beach Chick

              Better than Paris? Talk about a back handed compliment! France has about the most gawd awful coffee in the entire continent. Even worse then England. Well, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea.

              1. re: poser

                now if the English could only find a way to deep-fry their coffee it might have a chance, look at the heights it has taken MARS bars

                1. re: vandan

                  As a somewhat disgruntled, but well-caffeinated, Brit, I`d like to point out that the deep-fried Mars bar actually originated in Scotland, not England.

                2. re: poser

                  you crack me up with your coffee comments.
                  love Paris coffee..lattes in the 7th..
                  I find British coffee horrid..unless I'm at Cliveden house in the Berkshire countryside.

                3. re: Beach Chick

                  Wow! Last time I was in Vancouver they had the Pender and the Hornby locations.

                  They are growing! But I'm not the least surprised. You could barely get into the Robson & Hornby spot at lunchtime.

                  1. re: rainey

                    Yeah, they are everywhere it seems, with yet more new locations pending. It may be just my imagination but I don't enjoy their coffee as much as I used to. I am going over to the dark side (Intelligentsia) I fear :-). I heard a rumour that Elysian is switching to all Intelly soon.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      I've been preferring JJ Bean's roasts over 49th's lately in both flavour and consistency.

                      1. re: fmed

                        Everywhere, or a particular outlet, fmed?

                        1. re: grayelf

                          I mean to purchase in 1-pound bags.